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Screech Owl (USGS Photo)

(Eminence) – Owls have fascinated mankind for centuries, from the wise owl of the Greek goddess Athena to Winnie the Pooh’s friend. On Friday, January 25, Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be hosting an Owl Prowl starting at 5:30 PM. The program is free.

People wanting to attend should arrive at the Alley Spring General Store Visitor Center, which is up the hill from the Alley Mill, six miles west of Eminence on State Route 106. Organizers say the walk will only be a mile or less, but people should dress accordingly for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Park rangers will use recorded owl calls and hopefully encourage the owls to respond and perhaps entice them to approach close enough for a good look.

A bit of snow adds interest to the walk, however, threatening inclement weather or hazardous driving conditions may cancel the program. Please call 573-323-8093 during business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/ozar for current information and if necessary, the rescheduled program date.

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